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Ethics Week to cover diverse topics

by Carol Elliott, Director of Newswriting

February 7, 2008


From presidential elections to rebuilding New Orleans, experts will explore ethics in a range of real-world contexts during the 11th annual Ethics Week, Feb. 11 to 14, sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Ethics Week was established to encourage the discussion of ethical matters in undergraduate and graduate business classes at Notre Dame and to secure a foundation for future discussions inside and outside the classroom.

The speakers include Robert Schmuhl, a Notre Dame faculty member and author and expert on the media and American politics, and former Notre Dame head basketball coach Digger Phelps, a longtime participant in community service efforts who currently is assisting with the “Walking to New Orleans” rebuilding project.

Each lecture will take place in Mendoza’s Giovanini Commons from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (except as noted) and is free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

• Feb. 11 (Monday) – "Micro-Venturing:  Community Development Through Ethical Entrepreneurship," James Davis and Melissa Paulsen, Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Mendoza College

• Feb. 12 (Tuesday) – "Ethical Implications of Political Communication in Electing a President," Robert Schmuhl, Annenberg-Joyce Professor in American Studies and Journalism, Notre Dame

• Feb. 13 (Wednesday) – "Community Service:  An Ethical Imperative," Richard "Digger" Phelps, ESPN analyst and former head basketball coach at Notre Dame

• Feb. 14 (Thursday), 12 to 1 p.m. – "Reconciling Human Well-Being with Productivity and Profits," Dr. J-Robert Ouimet, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Holding O.C.B. Inc. and other major food companies in Canada

More information is available at: www.ethicalbusiness.nd.edu/learningEnvironment/ethicsWeek06.htm

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